value for money
GoToMyPC detailed review
GoToMyPC is a service that lets users remotely access computers over the Internet. After registration, the service requires you to log in into your account at the GoToMyPC site, www.gotomypc.com. The next few steps involve installing a small host program on your desired machine.
The user can access the host by using the default Windows application, which automatically downloads itself to your computer when you choose to connect to a host. A Web-based client called Universal Viewer, which is a Java applet, is also available for those with no privileges to run executables, or if they are at a public terminal.
What makes GoToMyPC special is that you can sync files and folders between laptop and home PC on the move. Also included is access to printers and sound from the host PC, so you can listen to audio being played on the other end. You can even chat with the person on the other end. Guest users can be invited to share a session on a remote machine.
The host machine could be accessed even when it used a proxy server to access the Internet. Basic performance tweaks such as reducing colour depth and disabling wallpapers are available to help improve slowdowns on a slow connection. The data sent and received is through the GoToMyPC servers, so some delay is evident. The connection doesn't require much bandwidth; it worked pretty well even on a 256 Kbps connection, with transfer speeds peaking at 10 to 12 KBps.
Control and data transfers are encrypted with 128-bit AES to prevent data being sniffed. In addition to the standard login and password combination, there's a set of security checks called one-time passwords.
Users not wanting any of the file transfers and sound features will be better of using VNC where possible. You shell out Rs. 8,250 for a year's access to this service for a single PC, which is pretty high in our opinion.
| Performance : 4
| Features : 4.5
| Ease of use : 4.5
| Value for Money : 4
| Overall : 4
Contact: Citrix Online
Web site: www.gotomypc.com/
Price: Rs. 8,250/yr.